Prairie Area Reading Council

Spring 2017 Newsletter

From the Desk of the President

Happy Spring! We are very excited to welcome Michael Carton for our upcoming event "Legos, Literacy and 21st Century Skills" on Thursday, April 27, 2017. This event will be held at Marquardt 15, 1860 Glen Ellyn Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60139. Dinner and the meeting

will be 4:45 - 5:30 pm. The presentation will be 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Please register using this link.


We are supporting Operation Care Package by donating new (or gently used) paperback books and comics to soldiers. The troops appreciate, enjoy, read and reread all books and comics received. Help us support our troops! Donations will be accepted at every PARC event. So please remember to bring them when you come to see Michael Carton on April 27th.


We are looking forward to learning new ways to incorporate Legos into learning with our colleagues from Prairie Area Reading Council. We hope to see you there on April 27th!

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2016-2017 Board Members


President: Sherry Sejnost sej7@comcast.net

President Elect: Kelly Neylon neylonk@woodridge68.org

Vice President: Jennifer Burisek jburisek@cusd201.org

Recording Secretary: Heather Lopez hlopez0410@gmail.com

Treasurer: Melissa Love lovem@woodridge68.org

Membership: Laura Bass lapanco@gmail.com

Corresponding Secretary: Sheila Ruh sheilaruh@yahoo.com

Past President: Sheila Tucker sheila_tucker@ipsd.org


Please Vote for Prairie Area Board for 2017-18

It is time to vote for new board members for the Prairie Area Reading Council. Click here to vote now until April 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
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Service Projects - Jen Burisek

THANK YOU! To members of Prairie Area who donated new and gently used books to Operation Care Package! Our books are on their way overseas to troops who read and reread anything they can get their hands on. Your donations mean so much! Donations (or new and/or gently used paperback books and comics) accepted at every meeting. Want to know more about Operation Care Package? Follow the link! http://www.operationcarepackages.org/


Not sure how to honor the special women in your life this Mother’s Day? Make them a Book Angel! Prairie Area supports Anderson’s Book Angels Program; collecting donations to purchase books for students in need around the holidays. We’d be happy to create a certificate acknowledging the donation; please contact Jen Burisek for more information. writingteach313@yahoo.com

Teaching Resources - Nicole deVerdier

Check out these websites for some fresh, new ideas to use in your classroom!


ILA's Daily Literacy - Great book ideas! National Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day is celebrated annually on Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12. Teachers, librarians, and parents can find resources related to D.E.A.R. to encourage everyone to put other things aside everything and take time to read every day. The recently published fiction and nonfiction books reviewed in this column invite readers to explore engaging stories and information that will spark discussion and further inquiry.


Reading Rockets - Amazing resource for teachers, parents, and kids! This site has teaching videos, blogs, informative articles, and fun games for kids. There is so much to explore - it will have you visiting all year round.


Read Works - Registering is free and doing so opens the door to numerous high-quality resources for teachers on comprehension, vocabulary, and assessment.

PARC Pride

Prairie Area Reading Council is proud to announce that we have been awarded the International Literacy Honor Council Award for 2016-17. We will receive the award July 14th at the International Literacy Association's annual conference.

Prairie Area Reading Council

Prairie Area is a professional non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literacy, a love for reading and the improvement of reading instruction.